SECTOR FOCUS: LEGAL & FINANCE Legal services are moving forward

Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD), which has a large office in Plymouth, is launching a new service that pulls together all of its key technology and business services that are becoming increasingly essential to clients, to be offered alongside its traditional legal advice. These services include support

for high volume projects such as document review; project and risk management of legal work; automation and process design; managing knowledge and information; and flexible resourcing. WBD Advance will deliver

Andy Layton, Director of the Legal Solutions ‘Innovation

comes from the ability to see things from a different perspective’

these services through a multi- disciplinary team of more than 100 people focused on developing new ways of working for clients – this includes lawyers, project managers, technologists, data analysts, knowledge managers and operations professionals. WBD Advance is to be headed up in the UK

by Board Member Nick Barwood, who previously led the Commercial Business team. Commenting on his new role, Nick said: “Our

clients’ needs are changing. As well as legal advice, they often also want our help to design high quality, cost effective processes to resolve wider, complex business issues. “We believe innovation comes from the ability

to see things from a different perspective and that's how WBD Advance was born.”

Centre, will also be playing a key role in WBD Advance. Andy joined the firm 18 months ago as Operations Director to shape the firm's paralegal support centre (now the Legal Solutions Centre) and lead on the application of technology, legal project management and efficiency methodology to provide valuable solutions to clients' issues. Andy said: “The Legal Solutions Centre is a team of over 70 paralegals and legal executives, project managers, data analysts and client co- ordinators which uses flexible resourcing and time-saving

technology to deliver a high-quality,

cost-effective service for large scale volume projects. This team has been working with clients for more than seven years and the service it now offers is central to the firm and many of its key clients, particularly with the launch of WBD Advance.” The five main services offered through

WBD Advance in the UK are support for high volume projects, project management, legal process, advance insight and GCSolutions flexible resourcing.

Visit: /uk/wbd-advance

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